New homes in Dewsbury
New homes in Dewsbury
Welcome to Dewsbury
Whether you’re discovering the town’s fascinating history, taking a walk through the local park or shopping at the centuries-old market, there’s lots to see and do in the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. Located along the River Calder and only a short distance away from Leeds, Dewsbury has good transport links to nearby towns and cities making it a popular place to live if you’re commuting daily.
A quick history
Dewsbury was an important settlement during the Saxon era, with visits from the first Bishop of York Paulinus who preached on the banks of the River Calder where Dewsbury Minster is now located. The Minster’s bell is known as ‘Black Tom’, which is rung every year on Christmas Eve in a tradition that dates back to the 15th century.
Dewsbury market first opened in the 14th century, and throughout the Middle Ages, the town was especially important for religious purposes. During the Industrial Revolution, the new canals and railways helped boost trade in Dewsbury, and the population boomed throughout the 19th century. There were lots of wool mills in the town at this time, with the Luddite movement seeing the destruction of machinery in widespread protests.
Well-known people born in Dewsbury include the first female Speaker in the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd, and writer and journalist Andrew Morton.
Business and industry
Historically Dewsbury has been built on the wool trade and bed manufacturing, but today it’s mainly a commuter town with transport links to major employers such as Asda, Jet2.com and Wharfedale in Leeds, and Morrisons and Yorkshire Building Society in Bradford. Other employers include the local schools, hospitals and Kirklees Council.
Things to do in the area
There’s lots to see and do in Dewsbury, whether you’re taking a relaxing walk through Crow Nest Park, seeing the exhibits at Dewsbury Museum, attending a concert at Dewsbury Town Hall or shopping at Dewsbury Market.
If you have children, there are a number of family-friendly days out in the local area including Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, Kirklees Light Railway in Huddersfield and the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Leeds also has some great shopping districts, including shops, bars and restaurants at Trinity Leeds, designer stores in the Victorian Quarter and vintage treasures at the Coal Exchange.
Travel and commuting
Dewsbury has a train station and is close to the M62 and M1, so if you’re a commuter there are plenty of options for getting to work. The journey from Dewsbury to Leeds takes around 25 minutes by car or 15 by minutes by train, while Wakefield can be reached in 20 minutes, Huddersfield in 30 minutes and Bradford in 35 minutes. If you’re going to Manchester, the train ride only takes 45 minutes.
For trips to London, the train takes between two and a half to three hours, with one change at either Selby, Leeds or York. When you’re going on holiday or travelling for business, Leeds Bradford Airport is only 45 minutes away from the town by car.